July 11, 2012
On a daily basis, the Press Association creates, curates and distributes vast amounts of content and data (e.g. text, images and video, as well as international sports data, comprehensive listings, entertainment guides and weather) as well as providing a range of services to all major media organisations and many global corporations. Recently, the Press Association was appointed as host national news agency for the London 2012 Olympics.
In order to address the growing demand for 'fast, fair and accurate' content and data, the Press Association recently committed to a large-scale project to redesign its IT infrastructure by putting semantic web technologies and principles at its core. By the adoption of established standards such as IPTC's G2, RDF, a preference for existing ontologies such as geonames, FOAF, Dublin Core, etc. and the use of technologies such as cloud-based computing, open and RESTful approaches, XML-driven dBs and triple stores, the Press Association addresses real business needs such as, the managing of enormous, disparate and heterogeneous sets of data, reducing silos and streamlining content and data interchange within the organisation and between PA and its customers.
I'm interested in keep updated with the developments in Big Data in general and in the media industry specifically.
Jarred McGinnis is the Research Manager, Semantic Technologies, at the Press Association. He is also a visiting Research Fellow at King's College London.